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I have a supervisor that seems to always be suffering from post-nasal drip. They make very noticeable "wet" nasal snorts throughout the day, followed often by a guttural throat clearing. It's very nauseating.

What's the best way to handle this sort of situation, especially at a smaller company?

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    Delicately :) It's possible your supervisor is self conscious about it already. Has it been going on for long? Could it be hay fever, perhaps? – Jane S Apr 16 '15 at 21:06
  • Buy a white noise machine. It will help you focus. amazon.com/Marpac-DOHM-DS-Natural-actual-Machine/dp/B000KUHFGM We have them all over our office and they work great. we have the ones that go in the ceiling though. soundmasking-whitenoise.com/p/machine-package – crh225 Apr 16 '15 at 21:45
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    @crh225 Or just simply listen to music with noise cancelling headphones :) – Jane S Apr 16 '15 at 21:53
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    @JaneS true but not all workplaces allow headphones. If one proposed a 40 dollar white noise machine that increased my productivity, I would let them buy/use it if I was a manager. – crh225 Apr 16 '15 at 22:03
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    @Janes - I think it's a long-term thing. Headphones seem to be the best thing so far. I suppose I just need to deal with it during times when I can't wear headphones, like conversations. – aethercowboy Apr 17 '15 at 12:59
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It's not likely a professional adult isn't aware of this nauseating behavior (Of course there is some edge-case exception.). More than likely, they chose not to get treatment or there isn't anything that is very effective. Drugs can cause side-effects that may not be conducive to working (drowsiness).

You can confront them and share your disgust, but I doubt there is anything your supervisor can or is willing to do about it.

Then again, some people are just disgusting and need to be shunned..

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What's the best way to handle this sort of situation, especially at a smaller company?

Unless you somehow know that your supervisor is unaware of her/his condition, the only things you can do (practically speaking) are ignore it or leave.

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